There’s nothing we like about staying indoors all day, every day. The hope that our skin would look better without coming in contact with pollution and UV rays, came crashing down in the first month itself. There are many reasons as to why our skin could be acting up during these uncertain times — lack of fresh air, stress, anxiety, sleep deprivation and irregular skincare routines can all contribute to the lockdown face.
However, instead of sulking and complaining about your lockdown skin woes, it’s time to get up and take action. Apart from switching your skincare routine to meet your current skincare needs, take advantage of the quarantine period to introduce new products in your routine — here’s why.
- Skin is not exposed to environmental stressors
- Minimal temperature fluctuations
- Enough time to follow an elaborate routine
Skin is not exposed to environmental stressors
When you step out, your skincare products have to play dual roles. It has to shield your skin against environmental stressors like pollution, dirt, UV rays and more. While doing this, it is also expected to repair and hydrate the skin. A lot is expected out of one moisturiser or daily cream — this prevents you from getting the desired results. Now that you are home and away from external aggressors, you can actually find out which product truly works best for your skin.
Minimal temperature fluctuations
Stepping out in the sun, sitting in the car, then stepping out again and finally reaching your office — the constant fluctuations in temperature in your surroundings can confuse your skin and make it excessively dry or oily. Now that you’re spending the majority of your time at home, this temperature fluctuation has drastically reduced, allowing your skin to breathe and act normally. This also allows your skin to react better to the potent ingredients in your skincare products.
Enough time to follow an elaborate routine
Raise your hand if you apply sunscreen 15-30 minutes before stepping out. Guilty? Thought as much. By the time you remember you have to wear sunscreen, you’re already halfway out the door. The truth is: your sunscreen requires at least 15-30 minutes to get activated and offer sun protection. This stands true for a lot of skincare products — you should wash your face for a good 60 seconds and wait for 5 minutes to let your serum get absorbed into the skin before applying a moisturiser. And now that all you have is time — use it to your advantage to shake up your routine and give your skin a new lease of life.